I entered politics to ‘nail’ Rawlings down – Information Minister

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862456639_488291The information Minister Hon. Mustapha Abdul Hamid has told Top FM’s Ghana Te Sen that his motivation for getting involved in politics was to make sure former President Jerry John Rawlings was out of office.

“During my university years, I swam into the waters of politics because of an incident I witnessed in my childhood. I was at home one day when some soldiers who claimed were sent by former president J.J.Rawlings came to arrest my daddy. To me, I never understood the reason for this as a child but this incident forced my father into exile who later returned home only after the former president had left office. This made me vow to get as much education as possible to one day help me see Mr. Rawlings out of office,” he stated.

In his years at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Mustapha Hamid joined an equivalence of today’s TESCON NPP to see to the fruition of his dream. This he said has helped him made use of whatever opportunity that came his way.

He became the general secretary to the local NUGS and later an SRC President of UCC even when he was a graduate student competing with opponents who were undergraduate students in a university where 80% are undergrads.

Mustapha Hamid became a member of the Nana Addo’s campaign team as his spokesperson in 2007 and has been appointed as the Information Minister in Akufo-Addo’s government.

However, he could not tell why he was still in politics even though Rawlings is no more in power.

”Honestly I cannot tell why am still in politics, you know politics is very infectious,” he explained.

Mustapha Hamid loves to describe himself as a bold, assertive person rather than a humble person because he thinks leaders must be bold and courageous.


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